CSU has adopted NationaI Incident Management System (NIMS) protocols as set forth by the United State Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and has been working to implement them into existing emergency response plans. A key element of NIMS is an all-hazards approach and recognition and establishment of a formalized Incident Command System (ICS). Another is the identification and utilization of a Public Information Officer (PIO) to facilitate distribution of pertinent information to the public in a timely but appropriate manner. Members of the CSU Police and the Office of Environmental Health and Safety designated as first responders have received NIMS training appropriate for their level of response.
EHS recommends any other individuals (employees or students) who may be asked to respond to campus as part of their duties in the event of an emergency to undergo the following two basic NIMS courses:
IS-700.a - National Incident Management System – an Introduction
IS-100.a - Introduction to the Incident Command System (ICS)
NIMS training is available on-line free of charge through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) website: (http://training.fema.gov/IS/crslist.asp). The modules are straightforward are designed to communicate responsibilities for all levels of response from first responders on scene and information officers to senior management officials. Upon completion, participants will be able to download certificates of training. Copies should be forwarded to EHS.